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Watchlist Artist: Athanasios Argianas

The work of Athanasios Argianas thrives between media. He makes objects which encode pieces of music he may have composed in the past, and designs objects to be used as structures for performances in the future and vice versa. At the last Performa Biennial, for example, he made slides of tree branches, which were treated as a score for a Theremin (a modernist protosynthesizer from the early 20th century), while at the last São Paulo Biennial he presented a sculptural structure supporting dozens of meters of brass ribbons etched with a text that, once read, described a virtual object in itself.

A Sequencer** is the second in a series of solo exhibitions, following a first in New York last autumn, developing a new body of work. The first room is a formal study of percussion as a minimally liminal act of shaping form. “A Sequencer (Yellow on Grey)” is a filmed situation: a set of cream and sand coloured plinths of different shapes and dimensions serves as a landscape for scallops, alive and occasionally clacking their shells.

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Athanasios Argianas, Pinna, 2013  projected hd video with sound, suspended particle board, fixings. (produced for the Onassis Foundation, 2013), edition 1/3 + 1 AP; Courtesy of the artist and Aanant & Zoo


More on Athanasios Argianas (b. 1976, Athens, Greece)

Athanasios Argianas was born in Athens, Greece and lives and works in London since the late 1990s. His work was most recently presented at the 30th Sao Paulo Biennale, and he has held exhibitions and performances inter alia at the 2nd Athens Biennial, the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, at Art Now, Tate Britain, the EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, The Barbican Art Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery Pavillion in London. His work is collected by the EMST National Museum Of Contemporary Art, Athens, the Collection of Aaron & Barbara Levine, Washington DC, The EKARD Collection, the Michael Haas Collection, Berlin, the Sammlung Heiner Bastian, Berlin and the UBS Collection among others.

(text source: Aanant & Zoo)

Education: Goldsmiths College, MA Fine Art, London, UK, 2004 – 2005.  Byam Shaw School of Art, BA Fine Art, London, UK, 2002 – 2003.  Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Prof. Jannis Kounellis), Düsseldorf, Germany, 1999 – 2000.  Aristotle University, BA Painting, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1994 – 1997.

For further information....(ArtSlant Profile) (Galleries: Aanant & Zoo, Max Wigram Gallery, On Stellar Rays)


[Image on top: Athanasios Argianas, Silence - Breakers, Silence - Shapers, Assembly 1, (detail) , 2014 , hollow electroformed copper, steel stand, fixings, 150 x 50 x 50 cm; Courtesy of the artist and Aanant & Zoo]

Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/5/14

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